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Beta-blockers, Statins, AF, and the Nocebo Effect

Our brains can easily fool us. No experienced doctor would deny the power of the placebo effect. Today I want to discuss the nocebo effect, which occurs when negative expectations of something causes it to have a more negative effect than it otherwise would. Drugs can exert a strong nocebo effect. If your brain thinks […]

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COPD and Beta-blockers: another myth dispensed…thanks to Twitter…

In medical practice, the words, “in my experience,” or “this is the way we have done it forever,” are scary. Do these words imply an out of date doctor who fails to embrace the new, or is it really true that older less expensive therapy is still better–like Classic Coke. So much of medical dogma lingers […]